These days a lot is mentioned about vehicles being fitted with ESC/ESP. But what exactly is it?
ESP stands for Electronic Stability Program. The Mercedes-Benz ADAPTIVE ESP® is designed to assist the driver in maintaining control of the vehicle and intervene automatically when the vehicle detects a potential issue.
Where cars usually carry similar loads, the load in a van is always altering. ADAPTIVE ESP® adapts to the load continually, moving with the centre of gravity as loads vary and adjusts to the specific load that is being carried.
This system automatically detects when the vehicle is understeering or oversteering and intervenes to assist the driver to maintain control.
A vehicle without ADAPTIVE ESP® or Electronic Stability Program of any kind, relies totally on driver input to maintain control in an unexpected situation. This can often result in a total loss of vehicle control. Integral to this system are ABS, ASR, BAS and EBD.
ADAPTIVE ESP® is the only load adaptive stability control available in the Australian van market.